Lewis Pugh was recovering at home in South Africa when I spoke with him by phone. Just four days earlier he had finished a monumental swimming challenge, completing seven long-distance swims in under a month. He quietly said “It was much harder than I thought”, which was a surprising admission from this world-renowned endurance swimmer.…
Although smaller than five millimeters in size, microplastic particles contaminating our oceans and rivers likely pose a massive environmental and human health risk.
The U.S. isn’t the only country to have the will and ability to protect huge areas of the ocean. A proposal to Parliament calls for the U.K. to create the world’s largest marine protected areas.
See photos and video of some of the most charismatic creatures spotted so far on the latest journey of exploration aboard Dr. Robert Ballard’s Nautilus.
Enric Sala visits the famous jellyfish lakes of Palau’s interior and learns why they are so sought-after.
A law originally intended to promote mining on remote islands has become the key to protecting the waters around them, and it all comes down to the stuff you try to keep of your newly washed car.
Enric Sala and team are caught for hours in a spell cast by enormous manta rays as around them, lightning fast predators devour a massive ball of bait fish.
Talk about lending a helping “fin”—groupers and eels in a coral reef work together to catch prey, a new study says.
A reflection on the impact of the Worldwide Voyage and the meaning it holds for different people during the UN Small Islands Developing States Conference in Samoa.
Exploring a well-known diving hotspot gives the Pristine Seas team a sight of one creature they almost never encounter: the vacationing human.
“Balloon straight ahead” one of my researchers tells the captain while leaning forward from the bow of our boat. We are so accustomed to find plastic debris during our dolphin surveys off Los Angeles, California, that a party balloon is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind when we come across something round-shaped floating…
Enric Sala describes the beauty and plight of the nautilus, which he finally meets live, face-to-face.
It is sadly possible to be in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight and not see the ocean, or know when day turns to night. With 24-hour operations aboard the JOIDES Resolution, and most of us splitting each day by working a 12-12 shift, the natural cutoff to a day is…
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Great Swirling Pacific Garbage Patch Ocean pollution is growing at an astonishing rate. On June 1, 2008, two scientists and a photographer/blogger sailed from Long Beach, California, and headed westward across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. The two men and a woman were…
An old Japanese fighter plane contrasts strangely with the abundant coral and marine life around it in the waters of Palau.